Women are boycotting Twitter over Rose McGowan's suspension
Actress Rose McGowan has been perhaps the most vocal and powerful voice in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations. Using Twitter as her platform, she called out Weinstein for his sexual abuse and even said that he had raped her, a fact which nobody wanted to hear for years. The frustration of knowing who Harvey was and waiting and waiting while being disbelieved must have been absolute torture. Now, McGowan is finally vindicated, and has been speaking out for women's vindication ever since.
She Tweeted at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me. Over & over I said it. He said it hadn’t been proven. I said I was the proof."
Everything was going well for McGowan, blowing up the cover of Hollywood's sex crimes, until yesterday Twitter suspended her account temporarily. The reason? She posted a personal phone number on the site, which is against its terms and conditions. But police departments post the addresses of people they've arrested, and Donald Trump even once tweeted out Lindsey Graham's phone number. The double-standard was hard to ignore.
McGowan deleted the problematic tweet and her account was restored, but momentum grew for women to boycott Twitter on Friday, and hurt the company's revenue for suspending such an important voice.
Many women, including Chrissy Teigen, supported the boycott and are off Twitter for the day:
However, the boycott did not come across the same way to all perspectives. Women of color, particularly, found the boycott to be largely supported by major white celebrities, and a facet of the silencing of women of color. Why should we, after all, stop tweeting because a white woman was suspended, while abuse against women of color has never prompted any kind of boycott?
Plus, the famous section of Twitter known as 'black Twitter', where all the best comedy and memes originate, provides tons of moral support and entertainment for people of color everyday. Losing it for solidarity with a white woman rubbed many the wrong way:
Folks, here's an example of the failures of intersectionality. 'Solidarity' is never a functional thing to organize a movement around, because solidarity is not equal. When one member of the intersecting groups becomes slighted, they lose interest in the whole. Various interests break down and compete instead of working together. It might as well be a law of human nature.
If a Twitter boycott is something you can't get everyone to agree on, then how would any major societal reform ever take place on the same basis, of solidarity? We have serious issues here. But they will go unaddressed.
Twitter put out a standard PR statement:
"Twitter is proud to empower and support the voices on our platform, especially those that speak truth to power. We stand with the brave women and men who use Twitter to share their stories, and will work hard every day to improve our processes to protect those voices."
Rose McGowan settled for 100,000 dollars after an incident with Harvey Weinstein in 1997 at Sundance.